Calm has returned to Gabon after a failed coup attempt is believed to have been completely reversed.
“The government is in place, the institutions are in place,” said Gabonese government spokesperson Guy-Bertrand Mapangou told reporters in the capital, Libreville.
Residents in Libreville said calm returned to their neighborhoods within hours of the coup attempt being announced on Monday morning.
The coup leader who took over national radio, Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, said they wanted to restore democracy in the Central African nation.
Lieutenant Ondo Obiang was found hiding in a house close to the state broadcaster and arrested. Two other soldiers were killed by loyalist forces.
Apparently only five soldiers were involved in the coup attempt. Four of the five have been arrested. Only one of them is still at large.
The chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, decried the coup attempt in a tweet. The African Union will not countenance an unconstitutional change of government in Gabon, Faki Mahamat said in the tweet.
Gabon has closed borders with Cameroun since Monday’s attempted coup against President Ali Bongo, halting trade and leaving Gabonese unable to return home. Goods and passengers destined for Gabon are stranded in Cameroun’s border town of Kiossi.